The 7 North Eastern (NE) states – Arunachal Pradesh (2), Manipur (2), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1), Sikkim (1) and Tripura (2) combined together send only 11 MPs to Lok Sabha and hence not a very important determinant of national govt. formation. Sorry my N.E. friends / readers, but that’s the sad state.
The region historically has voted for the Congress as no other national party has a significant presence here except Tripura. Tripura has been dominated by Left Front and it will continue to do so. Regional parties like Sikkim Democratic Front, Nagaland’s People Front also have a decent presence here.